Open source forum software

by on February 25, 2006

Q: Do you know of any good open source forums? I’m working on a site running on the Apache web server and I was wondering if there are any good ones.

A: The most well known piece of open source forum software is phpBB, which is programmed in PHP. This software should be easy for you to setup on your apache environment.

I know many people that use phpBB on their sites and like it a lot. I have personally opted for a non-open source product called vBulletin to use when I have to setup forum software. The reason I go this route is phpBB gets very slow if you have a lot of visitors to your site at a time or over a million or so posts.

If you expect to keep things small then phpBB is a great option; there are also options for migrating to paid forum software down the road from phpBB.

3 Responses to “Open source forum software”

    So I was off work and surfing and found this place and thought I would join up. I don’t have much more to say right now except I need to start reading some of the older posts to get up to speed before I can start posting.



    i’m eric. joining a couple boards and looking
    forward to participating. hehe unless i get
    too distracted!



    Hello everybody, my name is Damion, and I’m glad to join your conmunity,
    and wish to assit as far as possible.